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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The worms inside your face
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Fake Fish Photos
The Fake Beggar of Gothenburg
Over in Gothenburg, Sweden, locals were puzzled by a homeless person begging for money at the train station, who, upon closer inspection, turned out to be a doll. Police thought it might be some kind of fraud (i.e. a homeless people using a mannequin to beg for him). But it turned out to be the work of a 13-year-old kid, Adam, who created it as "something fun" for a school art project. Brings to mind Alan Abel's Omar the Beggar hoax.

The english-language article didn't have a picture of Adam and his "fake beggar," but I found one at a swedish-language site.


Gothenburg teen behind 'homeless beggar' hoax
thelocal.se

Adam told GT that he made the life-size doll out of cardboard and second-hand clothing. He then placed the doll at the city's train station, before carrying it over to a park near the central thoroughfare Avenyn. The mysterious "fake beggar" went on to garner national media attention after national news agency TT wrote about the doll, quoting a police spokesman who theorized it could be a case of fraud. The doll, which even had a beer can in its hand, even attracted the attention of several passersby.
"I was standing a short distance away and filming how people reacted, that's part of the project," he told GT, explaining that the entire installation is part of a school art assignment. In the end, a passer-by had placed seven kronor ($1.10) next to the mock-up, a sum that Adam eventually chose to gave to a real life person asking for money on the street.
Categories: Art, Identity/Imposters
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 20, 2013
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